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Domestic Science: A Magic Fly Repeller

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Aug 26, 2015 01:03 AM
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by Sarah Lonsdale last modified Aug 25, 2015

An old-fashioned summer staple in the Napa Valley where I live is a plastic bag filled with water and hung from farmhouse back doors. It took me a while to realize that this not-so-glamorous device is an effective way to keep flies and other summer insects at bay (alas, mosquitoes are not deterred). Leave it to the chaps at Kaufmann Mercantile to source a good-looking equivalent: the Anti-Fly Glass Sphere by Mexico City designer José de la O of Studio José de la O . No excuse now not to give it a go.    Above: The Anti-Fly Glass Sphere  hangs from a leather rope and is $99.  Above: It is the refraction of light against the water that confuses insects, especially flies, and keeps them away. Above: De la O worked with a family-run glass-blowing business in Mexico City to create these mouth-blown vessels. Just fill with water and suspend near food. Looking to add to your insect arsenal? See Gardenista's  Five Favorite Fly Swatters  and consider making a batch of Alexa's  DIY: Bug Repellent Balm . And if the bugs still bite, have a look at Erin's  Natural Mosquito Bite Remedies  (used tea bags are one of the seven solutions). N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on July 2, 2014, as part of our Block Party issue. More Stories from Remodelista Trending on Gardenista: The Untamed Garden Trending on Gardenista: Landscape with Less Bathing en Plein Air: 29 Outdoor Summer Showers






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